BiographyLantomo, pseudonym of Antonella Montes, is an Italian artist based in Barcelona. Lantomo graduated in Architecture at the Faculty of Rome La Sapienza, obtained a MA in Architecture, Art and Ephemeral Space at UPC Barcelona, as well as pursued professional courses of Drawing and Graphic Design in various disciplines
(Live nude drawing, illustration, Screen Printing, Web Design, book Layout, Illustrator, Indesign).
The passion for drawing, inherited from her mother, has been a constant in her life. She studied architecture in Italy, in Rome and Genoa; then moves to Spain, specializing in scenography and exhibition design.
Just a few years ago, since 2010, Lantomo started to dedicate herself exclusively to painting, and her passion has definitely become a job. And in this journey, her stay of almost two years in Beijing, China, you have left an indelible trace. Her drawings have become more accurate and detailed, her only colors the black and white, with touches of red, and the drawn faces have come to have Asian features.
To create the portraits, Lantomo uses photography as a starting point, and cleans the image with an extreme minimalism, in the composition, medium and colors, due to her architectural formation. Lantomo works in grayscale with touches of red, drawing inspiration from iconography and traditional Asian drawings (especially Chinese and Japanese), trying to avoid the excess of decoration. The subjects, mainly female, are portrayed as proud and visibly melancholic, whilst the artist’s experience in the contrast of cultures between East and West is palpable through the artist’s process of creation and the atmosphere portrayed.
2018 - Selected in the Biennial of Contemporary Drawing contest 'Las huellas del dibujo'
organized by the Unicaja Foundation and the Association of Plastic Artists Malaga (APLAMA)
2015- Preselected in the 8th Figurative Painting and Sculpture Contest organized by the Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes
ExhibitionLantomo has exhibited worldwide in Barcelona, Paris and Beijing including at ZA JIA Lab project space, MITTE Art Space and Surge Art Beijing.